County Hall

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County Hall is a building in Lambeth, London, that was the headquarters of London County Council and later the Greater London Council (GLC). Today County Hall is the site of businesses and attractions, including Saatchi Gallery, Dali Universe and the London Aquarium, as well as two hotels and several restaurants. Other parts of the building have been converted into flats.

The building is on the bank of the River Thames, just north of Westminster Bridge, facing west towards the City of Westminster. The nearest tube stations are Waterloo and Westminster.

On October 21, 2005, the High Court of England and Wales, upheld a claim by the owners of the building, Shirayama Shokusan, to have the Saatchi Gallery evicted, on grounds of violating its contract, particularly using space outside of the rented area for exhibits.

The County Hall Island Block, an annex of the main building, was demolished in 2006 to make way for a hotel. The building, also known as No 1 Westminster Bridge Road, had been disused since 1986 and had become a derelict eyesore.


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